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Platform welcomes commitment to tackling older people's safety in new strategy

Patricia Donald

A leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland has welcomed today’s launch of the new £20m community safety strategy and specifically its commitment to tackling the safety of older people.  Age Sector Platform, the charity responsible for the innovative Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, says that the need to tackle crime and fear of crime amongst older people is an urgent one; with specific actions required in the coming months and years.

Read issue 11 of aspire now!

aspire magazine issue 11

Issue 11 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's newsletter - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition we have reports from the local Pensioners Parliaments held earlier this year, as well as a report from the 2-day Parliament on 22-23 May. Also inside you’ll find an article on the ‘Granny Tax’ backlash, information on our new ‘Silver Saver’ campaign, and a variety of news stories featuring Age Sector Platform members and staff.  We also have some ‘Olympic Fun’ lined up in our ‘Fun Stuff’ pages!

9 out of 10 people in NI worried about the cost of their food bills

Cost of food bills

Last week, the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament discussed and voted on motions relating to, amongst other issues, the cost of food - following a significant announcement by the Consumer Council claiming that 9 out of 10 consumers in Northern Ireland are worried about the cost of their food and grocery shopping.  The findings come from research the consumer body is conducting, in partnership with Age Sector Platform, on the rising cost of household bills and how they’re impacting on people’s lives.  The Consumer Council is asking NI consumers to contribute to the research by answering

Heated discussions expected at 2012 NI Pensioners Parliament

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After a year of controversial announcements focused on older people, the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament is again set to take place in Belfast today with over 200 older people from across Northern Ireland expected to be in attendance.  The Parliament, organised by older people’s charity Age Sector Platform, is expected to include some heated discussions on the Compton health review, crimes against older people and free travel; with issues such as ‘granny tax’ and pension reform also expected to take centre stage.

Fear of crime amongst older people must be addressed

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In response to PSNI figures published by the Belfast Telegraph today, an Age Sector Platform spokesperson said:  "Crimes against older people in their own homes evoke a strong sense of outrage across all members of our society, and rightly so. The fact that vulnerable people within our communities are potentially being targeted simply because of their age or frailty is a despicable thought, and we share the outrage felt by others.

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2012

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2012

Around 50 older people from across County Tyrone gathered in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown yesterday for the final local Pensioners Parliament in Northern Ireland.  The County Tyrone pensioners in attendance discussed and voted on issues such as energy prices, health and social care, community safety and transport.

Platform supports petition against 'granny tax'

Granny tax petition

Age Sector Platform is supporting a new online petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to freeze the age related personal tax allowances for the over 65s from April 2013. The petition can be seen by clicking HERE.

At present, the petition has gathered over 30,000 supporters. If it gains the support of 100,000 people, then a debate on the issue must be considered by the House of Commons.

County Derry / Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2012

County Derry/Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2012

Over 50 older people from across County Derry/Londonderry gathered in the Lodge Hotel in Coleraine this week for the penultimate local Pensioners Parliament in Northern Ireland.  The County Derry/Londonderry pensioners in attendance discussed and voted on issues such as energy prices, health and social care, community safety and transport.

Platform says government is out of touch with average pensioner

Patricia Donald

Age Sector Platform, a local charity representing 200,000 older people across Northern Ireland, has criticised the Chancellor’s budget announcement yesterday, claiming that the Coalition Government is totally out of touch with the problems facing the average pensioner.

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2012

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2012

Over 60 older people from across County Down gathered in the Strangford Arms Hotel in Newtownards yesterday for the fifth of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments across Northern Ireland. The County Down pensioners in attendance discussed and voted on issues such as energy prices, health and social care, community safety and transport.

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